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2013 Community Health Needs Assessment

Building Strong Communities

We're pleased to present the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessments for each of our five hospitals. These reports are a new requirement for non-profit hospitals to complete every three years as part of the Affordable Care Act. These assessments identify the most pressing health needs in the communities we serve, and include  implementation strategies to help address those needs.

MultiCare contracted with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment. In the resulting report, the Health Department developed the following list of priority health needs:

  • Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases
  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
  • Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Cultural Diversity (health inequities and communication)
  • Special Populations (low-income and aging)
  • Access to Care

After careful study, MultiCare decided to focus on these priorities for the next three-year period:

  • Chronic Disease
  • Obesity – Adult and Childhood
  • Tobacco Use
  • Behavioral (Mental and Chemical Dependency) Health

Each of MultiCare’s five hospitals developed its own implementation strategy and created internal implementation teams. The final implementation plans —including the original Health Department assessment — are available below: